‘The Big Bang Theory’ Season 11 News: CBS, show’s crew ‘optimistic’ on renewal; Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons likely to seek pay raise

By Kaye Reese / 2017.01.11
"The Big Bang Theory" cast members in attendance during the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards.

Popular CBS show "The Big Bang Theory" is now in closely watched talks for renewal, as the show is slated to go into its eleventh season. Amid reports that the show will not be renewed, however, CBS president Glenn Geller himself assured fans that it's "business as usual," and that the show and crew are currently hammering out details in their license so they can proceed.

What to know about 'The Big Bang Theory' Season 11 negotiations

Three years ago, when "The Big Bang Theory" was still in its seventh season, the network signed a three-season renewal, which will lapse by the end of Season 10. As such, any possibility of a "The Big Bang Theory" Season 11 remains on the table as the cast and crew are likely to negotiate their contracts alongside the show's renewal as well.

During this first round of negotiations, Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter), Kaley Cuoco (Penny Hofstadter) and Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper) had negotiated a fee of $1 million per episode for 72 episodes, according to Deadline. As such, it's expected that there will be renewed negotiations to raise the actors' salaries anew, this time including the show's other main cast.

Cancelation of series addressed

Given the high-profile talks, it's no wonder that "The Big Bang Theory" has been the subject of several cancelation rumors circulating the internet. These include Jim Parsons wanting to venture into other projects outside the comedy television show, the unwillingness of the network to rehammer contract details with the high-paid actors, among many others, Cinemablend reported.

The same publication, however, shot down these reports and affirmed fans that they are currently working to renew "The Big Bang Theory" Season 11. Of course, talks with the actors have not yet begun, so it may take longer than expected. Other than that, the network is "guardedly optimistic" that the show will go on in the future.

Currently, "The Big Bang Theory" Season 10 boasts of phenomenal ratings, making it the number one most-watched scripted television series with more than 20 million viewers per episode. Stay tuned for more news and updates on the show's renewal. 

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